Pic Of The Day – 5 mm Lung Nodule Biopsy
This young girl has abdominal malignancy with nodes. A PET/CT showed lung nodules, all around or less than 5 mm in diameter. The status of the lung nodules would affect management, and hence a CT guided biopsy was planned.
The patient was extremely co-operative with her steady free shallow breathing. Using an in-room monitor and the fluoroscopy unit, the canula was guided up to the nodule. With the gun inside the canula, a quick push allowed the gun to go through the nodule. The firing width was adjusted to prevent unnecessary overthrow of a 10 mm throw, which would lead to hemorrhage, etc.
Moral of the story: Even 5 mm lung nodules can be biopsied if the patient is co-operative.
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